Dec 31, 2010 6:37 PM by Melissa Hawkes
It was a day of firsts for the city of Ville Platte. Jennifer Vidrine grew up in the town and never imagined she'd be sworn in as the mayor. She is the first African American and the first female mayor of the city.
She said, "it's a very important day for me because its a day of history and I'm happy. Just so happy because the people of Ville Platte saw beyond race and they voted for character."
Excited resident, Gloria Thomas Green, said I am so proud and so touched. I have been crying to see this event happen today."
Residents cheered as Vidrine was sworn into office. She's never served in an elected office before, but State Senator Eric LaFleur said her win came as no surprise to him.
He said, "she's a hustler. She works extremely hard. She's been very active in every civic organization around here."
Vidrine says she's not wasting any time tackling some of the city's problems.
She explained her goals are "improving our streets, infrastructure, crime, drugs, liter, all of the abandoned houses. we want to make this a clean city."